Nathan Juran, director of The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, tries to make the magic happen again on a much more attenuated budget in Jack the Giant Killer. Torin Thatcher, another Sinbad alumnus, plays a wicked wizard who kidnaps toothsome-princess Judi Meredith. Kerwin Mathews, still another veteran of Sinbad, plays Jack, who rescues Meredith and promises to escort her to safety. Stop-motion animator Jim Danforth creates several fire-breathing perils along the same lines as Ray Harryhausen's special effects in Sinbad; happily, Danforth emulates the Harryhausen style without stooping to imitation. Prominent among the supporting actors is Don Beddoe as an impish genie. In the recently reissued prints of Jack the Giant Killer, most of the original voices have been dubbed over, and incongruous musical numbers added.
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More than 1 year ago
I have been crazy about this movie while I was a kid in 1962 in Hong Kong. Kerwin Mathews was a hero in this movie. I have loved this movie very much I have watched it over and over for 20 times ever since I bought this VHS copy in 1992.
More than 1 year ago
When the movie first came out in theaters in 1962, I went and watched it over and over while it was playing in my hometown. I was 9 years old. Those were the days when parents sent their kids to the downtown Rialto theater to stay and watch movies all afternoon Great summer escape and great babysitting for the parents.
This movie is truly a classic in its own way.
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